So I am a long time fan of UAV's or Drones ever since the first DJI Phantom came out. I have never personally owned one till now as I just could not justify the cost versus how much use I would get out of it. A couple of fellow photographers had them and I got to have a play with those and get some idea of what it was like to fly one of these crafts.
I finally made the decision to purchase the DJI Phantom 3 Professional, it was an easy choice really, it shoots 4K video and does not need an extra camera like a gopro 4 to be added. DJI claims it has a 1.5 mile range through a Lightbridge connection, this is DJI's own hardware setup and allows the drone to be controlled over great distances. It broadcasts a live feed to your phone and allows full control of the craft through a remote controller to which your smart phone or tablet will attach.
Learning curve: I flew the drone in an open field for about 2 weeks before venturing out into more congested areas. What I love is that DJI include a beginner mode as standard on the craft which not only slows it down but also limits the distance out and up that the UAV will fly. Once you feel confident enough, you can use the setup option in the app to change and configure your flying modes. I have mine set to below 400 feet elevation but maxed out on distance out the drone will fly. I do not however fly the drone out of my line of sight as per FAA regulations.
Very easy to fly as mentioned before, take time to watch as many youtube videos as you can, read the manual and practice in an open field before going anywhere with trees, buildings or people. Learn to fly figure 8's, counter and clockwise circles and in reverse.
Picture and video quality: As a photographer and amateur videographer, picture quality is very important, eventually I want to be able to use footage and stills for professional use. The Phantom 3 does not disappoint, stills quality is excellent and video at 4k is rather breathtaking. I highly recommend a ND filter as well as a Polarizer for the camera, the polarizer reduces glare off buildings, roads, water, sand and snow and the ND filter will help with difficult exposures and 'jello' effect in video which seems to plague many a drone at this price point. Link in button below:
Overall: If you are in the market for your first drone, these are the ones for you. There are currently 3 models available and prices start at $799 for the standard model up to $1349 for the professional model reviewed here. I purchased my drone from Aerial Media Pros and I highly recommend them for all your drone needs.